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13/02/2014 at 15:32

This week has not gone to plan! Feeling a bit upset ( actually really cross!)  cos I worked so hard fitting in all my miles on holiday.

Yesterday saw storms and winds of 100mph, and we had a massive power cut. I think more are forecast tomorrow. I'm not happy.

Edited: 13/02/2014 at 15:32
14/02/2014 at 23:08
Glad you had a good time on the hen do Jen. Sorry to hear about the horrendous weather. Hope you haven't had any damage and that everything else is ok?

I fell over 12 miles into my run last weekend. Was gutted but the damage wasn't too bad just a grazed knee and two huge holes in my gloves. My school was closed Thursday and Friday due to high winds blowing off the swimming pool roof so that allowed me to catch up on my mileage as I didn't run on Tuesday due to snow and Wednesday because it was too windy....

I am hoping they'll sort the swimming pool soon as I usually use it before work...

Hope the weather isn't too bad for everyone else and that the training is going well
15/02/2014 at 20:06

what was your last longest run jen? The thought of running a marathon is scary but running 31 miles...ouch! Will you be running with someone?

Dont beat yourself up about this week, its probably benefitted you having a rest to recharge your batteries. How many miles are you averaging a week? How long is it now until your ultra?

im hoping we've seen the last of the storms now!

Where do you live Stan? Sorry to hear about your fall but glad to hear that you didnt sustain any serious injuries and your still running. I wish they would close my work for a few days!

15/02/2014 at 20:07

XC race tomorrow...just hoping its more successful that my last two races!

15/02/2014 at 20:14

Ouch Stan. The roofblew off te railway station where i work!


16/02/2014 at 14:35

Hope you had a good race today Sarah.

My last longest run was 18 on the wed before I went away, with a 10 and a 10 on the next two days! I average 50 miles a week. I did 14 yesterday and 10 again today. I still have 7 weeks to go, so I have no need to worry really. I have various victims lined up to run relay with me next Saturday !!!! lol

It's horrible falling over, I think it shakes you up more than anything Stan. and I hate ruining good kit! 

I hope we have seen the last of this weather too, it's messing up everyones training plans!

16/02/2014 at 17:40
How did the XC country go Sarah? Lovely day for it bit I imagine it was fairly muddy! I live over in Ramsbottom which is just north of Manchester. Great for running especially in summer as there are loads of off road routes not to mention the hills! Being a Norfolk boy the hills are certainly a novelty!

Glad to see you've got the running back on track Jen and 7 weeks is loads of time. I do just look on with awe at anyone doing an ultra! Are you also doing London two weeks later? I managed to get out and do 20 today and didn't 't fall over! Woohoo! I never really fell over until the last 6 months. Fallen over 3 times including landing on my head once! Had a bright red scab on my forehead for a parents evening!

Was it the train station in Crewe that you work at Mr P? Heard that one lost its roof. Am hoping the rain and the gales have stopped for a bit as it's rubbish trying to run in them.
17/02/2014 at 13:22

Hmmm, an Ultra and then London 2 weeks later! now who would be daft enough to consider doing that... 

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18/02/2014 at 21:27

Yeah  back on it! Did another 8miles last eve after work and it was still light when I started. Running along the sea front at dusk was a real lift to my spirit.

Did a resistance session today, and another 8miles planned tomorrow. Then on Thursday I can start carbloading. Time to make a new batch of my famous granola bars, think I fancy mango ones this time.

20/02/2014 at 13:09

I can report that my new variety of granola bar is lush . I added some dark choc chips into the recipe...yummy or what!

I did 8 steady miles yesterday, 5 on my own, and 3 with my clubs beginners group. A few of them have their first races coming up..I was getting quite excited for them!

21/02/2014 at 21:03
Wow that granola bar sounds amazing! Can you post me some? Glad to hear you've got your running groove back. I am doing to Blackpool half this weekend and think I'll be getting blown around it judging by the forecast!

Thinking about doing a 20 mile race mid March. Does this sound like a good idea prior to London? Might use it for pacing and mileage rather than racing....
22/02/2014 at 16:56

Good luck at Blackpool Stan,   hope the wind is behind you! A 20 mid march sounds good to me, but as you say, pace it not race it.

Well I did my 31mile training run today, my longest distance ever, and I felt strong and had no niggles at all, which has made me one very very happy lady. I did feel tired at 30.5 miles, but I think that was mentally cos I knew I was near the end. I feel like that the last half mile of any long run!

 I am chilling this eve with a glass of wine and catching up with series of Game of Thrones which I just bought, and tomorrow says 'active recovery'  so I think I will walk to my local for a Sunday carvery.


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27/02/2014 at 12:54

oops..nearly had this thread slip to page 2!

Pleased to report my recovery was all to plan after the 31. I was a bit stiff that evening, but I wore my recovery skins, stretched, ate well and fell asleep at 8.30! I woke up Sunday feeling so good I began to wonder if I'd actually dreamt the run! I did develop a bit of a sore throat for a few days, but I think I can attribute that to being out for so long breathing the cold air...and the constant chatting!!  I have felt ok  otherwise.

I am now feeling more confident about my ability to complete this Ultra

Its been an easier week on the mileage, 6 +4+6 and I just have a 14 and a 5 at the weekend.

Happy running everyone!

02/03/2014 at 09:52
31 miles is so far Jen... Glad to see you recovered well though. Blackpool was a battle last Sunday as it was so windy. It's a two loop course so ran some miles really quick with the wind behind me but running into the wind was a different matter. Me and this guy took it in turns to run behind each other. In the end I clocked 1:28 which wasn't what I wanted but the best I could do in those conditions....

Signed up for the 20 miler in two weeks time. Will try and run just a little slower than marathon pace to begin with and see if I can up the pace towards the end. Been down visiting my family this week for my Dad's 70th which gives me the opportunity to do some great running along the seafront. Plus being Norfolk it is relatively flat....

Six weeks until London. Time is going all too fast! Is it 3 or 4 weeks until your ultra Jen?
04/03/2014 at 13:12

I'm on a 4 week countdown now  Nerves kicked in a little yesterday when e-mail arrived confirming my race number etc!

Runs are going to plan still, and no niggles or injuries so I really have no reason to panic...but there's always a little seed of doubt. But then maybe thats all part of the fun of doing a race, if the finish was guaranteed it would loose its excitement!

Well done on battling the elements at Blackpool Stan, enjoy the sea front training runs this week. That sounds a good plan for the 20 miler.

I've got a 25miler this weekend, and I'm joining in a 15k charity run for the last bit which should spur me on. Its a one way course, so I'm going to run there for the start!! which means I can have the cake and cup of tea provided by the RNLI at the end

10/03/2014 at 12:20

Well my 25 turned into almost 26miles as I miscalculated slightly!

It was cold and overcast to start, but by 12miles the sun was out and I realised I was a bit overdressed! top layer came off, and I wished I'd put suncream on!  I got to the start of the race with 10mins to spare, so my timing was perfect. It was an informal charity run, so no numbers or chips, just turn up and run

I found the return run quite hard as everyone else was fresh, and I got dragged along at a faster speed than I would have liked, and I also tend to overheat. But I finished an almost marathon distance in an almost PB time, so I was happy. I even got to sit in the lifeboat and pose for photos at the end!

I have to admit to feeling slightly stiff this morning! but I'm sure i will run that off this eve on a little 5 miler.

I am going to keep this thread going till after Paris, and then find out where everyone wants to decamp to. It seems to have turned into a bit of a personal blog at the mo, lol

11/03/2014 at 18:50
Ha ha no worries Jen. I shall help you keep the thread going until after Paris. They haven't got long now...

Well done on your 26 miles. Good effort! I managed 21 miles but it was a struggle. Having a few beers the night before and running in the sun the next day isn't always a great idea. Was so dehydrated that I starting eyeing up the puddles!

Not long until your ultra. Doing my 20 mile race this weekend then it's virtually taper time. Club night tonight. Always good sessions that push me..
15/03/2014 at 21:33

 yeah its taper time , just 18 miles today!

Had a great run, beautiful sunshine but cold, so perfect for me. feeling strong and as if I could have carried on running for ever, which is exactly how I wanted to feel today! I just have to keep my head together now for the next two weeks.

 Stan, beers and sunshine work better together without running in the mix!!! But good effort. Hope your race goes to plan this weekend is a good pacing exercise.

16/03/2014 at 18:23
Love how you say just 18 miles today! Great to hear that your running well and that you had plenty of energy, bodes well for your ultra! Jealous of your weather as well as have just been stuck under grey cloud for last two days...

Race went to plan today. Held back early on which I've never done before as I usually go fast at the beginning and slow down. It was difficult to hold back especially having people running past me but I held my nerve! Was aiming for 2:20 but finished in 2:18 so pretty pleased. One more long run next week. Can't wait for the taper...
21/03/2014 at 14:06

Well done Stan, that sounds a pretty good paced run. Keep it calm for the next long one...and you're on the home straight!

I'm loving my taper this week, just a few 5 milers have been great. I have a 10 and a 5 b2b at the weekend, then countdown begins!

I am still remarkably calm about this ultra race.  I have been reading ' The Chimp Paradox' and found it a great help. Its author, Dr Steve Peters, works with the British cycling team. I'd recommend it to anyone who struggles with the mental aspects of running. Blame your Chimp!!

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